A story told by Nathalie Coutou
Directed by Nadia Ross

For over 23 years, Nathalie has stood in the middle of the small gallery of Indigenous, Inuit and Métis art that she founded, fulfilling her vision to create a safe place to connect with cultures and to open dialogues. Starting this gallery was no small feat, as a woman of French-European-Mi’kmaq-ancestry descent in Québec and a single mother rebuilding her life, alone, at the turn of the 21st century.

 

As identity politics gained ground in the late 2010s and early 20s, her identity and right to share anything from her mixed heritage’s perspective began to get scrutinized:  Who was she? And did she have the right to reconnect to her ancestry as a proud woman of mixed ancestry and share stories with the public about Indigenous, Inuit and Métis culture?

 

The pain of rejection threw Nathalie back to a time in her childhood, an idyllic time that would end tragically when her father, a well-known breeder of Malamute sled dogs, would become the center of a sensationalized media campaign, initiated by his competitors, meant to discredit the dog breed and Mr. Coutou as a breeder. The campaign would end up destroying the man, shattering his young wife and family, and sentencing to death hundreds of innocent dogs in their care.

 

With the intention in finding unity within and through the pain that divisive forces can cause, Nathalie tells her story, one that began many decades ago.

 

A new creation for the stage in development in 2024.

Public workshop presentation (Fall 2024) dates and details to be announced.

 

Malamute

STO Union recognizes that its head office in Farrellton, Quebec is located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation whose presence here dates back to time immemorial.